Netgear Intros Dual-Band 450Mbps Router, NeoTV

Wednesday NETGEAR launched a dual-band Gigabit router, the N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (WNDR4500), that supports a full 450 Mbps in both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. It also features six highly sensitive internal antennas that are boosted by ultra-high-power radio amplifiers, providing what NETGEAR claims to be more Wi-Fi range – and more wireless speed at any given distance – than any other competing home router available today.

"NETGEAR is very proud to introduce the world's most advanced wireless home router," said Sandeep Harpalani, Senior Product Line Manager for Wireless Networking at NETGEAR. "The NETGEAR N900 stands alone in delivering ultimate wireless speed, range and premium features, while the router's easy-to-use browser-based installation and NETGEAR Genie will help even the most non-technical users explore and enjoy all the possibilities of a modern home network."

In addition to the dual-band capabilities, the router offers ReadySHARE Printer support for connecting a printer's USB cable and sharing the printer across the network, DLNA support for streaming multimedia content from a USB-connected hard drive, and Access Mode support for turning the router into a network range expander. There's also guest network access, Advanced Quality of Service for prioritizing video streams, Gigabit wired Ethernet and more.

For parents, the NETGEAR N900 router also provides a centralized, flexible and cost-free way to establish what web sites children can visit and what times of day they can go online for all devices on the network, including Windows PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets. It also provides another free utility for monitoring, controlling and repairing home networks via a simple dashboard.

The NETGEAR N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (WNDR4500) is available now in the United States at $179.99 and will be available worldwide this winter.

Wednesday NETGEAR also launched the NeoTV Streaming Player (NTV200), a device that turns any television into a connected "smart TV." With this gadget, users can stream movies, TV shows, music, videos, news and games from Netflix, Vudu, YouTube and many other sources. The company also released compatible iOS and Andriod apps that turns any iPhone or Android-based smartphone into a NeoTV remote control.

"The NeoTV Player brings you a wide choice of news and information through channels such as The Economist, Engadget, Make Magazine, TED and TMZ; and connects you to friends through Facebook and Twitter channels," the company said. "Vudu Apps, a companion to Vudu HD movies, offers a wide selection of free channels with videos, music, photo browsing, news, weather and social networking. When it's time to play, there's a collection of free casual games including Blackjack Royale, Rockswap Adventures and Texas Hold'em."

The NeoTV Streaming Player connects to the local network either through an Ethernet connection, or wirelessly via its built-in 802.11 b/g/n (300 Mbps) adapter. Device output only includes an HDMI connection, so a TV with HDMI input is required (cable not included). The unit does come with a remote, so an iOS and/or Android device is not necessary.

The NETGEAR NeoTV Streaming Player (NTV200) will be available later in September in the United States at $79.99 and can be pre-ordered now from major retailers and online stores.

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  • But does it play Crysis?
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  • Already got the Netgrear WNDR3800 router. This thing is a beast!
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  • Netgear's new router doesn't seem like anything special. But it's going to be the wireless performance where it matters. Never been to keen on internal antenna solutions, but if it's implemented right, they can work very well. Need better routers out there with better 5 GHz Wireless N that aren't spotty.

    As for the NeoTV, I see these kinds of devices slowing going away with TV makers incorporating these services in to more and more TVs, while not costing an arm and a leg. Usually only see TVs with "apps" in the higher price range. But devices like the NeoTV are a very cost effective way to add streaming services to your TV if you don't own a game console or internet Blu-Ray player.
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